Walk-off winnerWhen Jamestown Post 14 needed its offense to come through on Thursday, Danny Fischer was there. Tied 1-1 with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Fischer singled to right field to plate Ben Walz in a 2-1 win over Morton, Ill., at the Cornhusker Classic in Omaha, Neb.
By: By Chris Aarhus, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
When Jamestown Post 14 needed its offense to come through on Thursday, Danny Fischer was there.
Tied 1-1 with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Fischer singled to right field to plate Ben Walz in a 2-1 win over Morton, Ill., at the Cornhusker Classic in Omaha, Neb.
“It was definitely nice to get that first one under our belt,” Jamestown coach Shane Schoeneberg said. “It was a pretty exciting victory, especially after Morton had tied it up. They were really fired up to get that win.”
Walz led off the seventh with a single and was moved to third on a double from Shaun Hogan. Two batters later, Fischer took care of business.
“To have a rally like that,” Schoeneberg said, “three hits in the bottom of the seventh is really a big thing.”
Jamestown scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the fourth when Jake Stilwell scored from first base with the help of an error in right field. Morton got its run in the sixth to tie the game.
Post 14 pitcher Kasey Gengler scattered seven hits over seven innings, allowing just one run. He didn’t walk a batter and recorded three strikeouts.
“He was really efficient pitching to contact and letting our defense make plays,” said Schoeneberg, whose team played error-free. “He got ahead on a lot of hitters and really pounded the zone. He worked well changing speeds and worked quick like he always does.”
Though Schoeneberg didn’t have specifics on Morton’s pitcher, he said he might have been the ace.
“He had good stuff, a tall kid,” Schoeneberg said. “He threw well.”
Jamestown improved to 2-5 on the season with Gengler logging both of the team’s wins on the hill. He also got the win in the opener of a division doubleheader against Dickinson.
Jamestown meets Colorado Elite at 11 a.m. today followed by the Colorado Twins at 1:30 p.m. Post 14 plays Creighton Prep at 4 p.m. Saturday before hosting the Fargo Metro Expos on Wednesday in its home opener.
Schoeneberg said the team is enjoying the atmosphere in Omaha, which is also hosting the NCAA College World Series.
“We had a little barbeque, and they got to go downtown around the (CWS) field,” Schoeneberg said. “They’re really excited to be around the College World Series.”
Jamestown 2, Morton, Ill. 1
Morton 000 001 0 — 1 7 1
Jamestown 000 100 1 — 2 6 0
Kasey Gengler and Joey Gebhardt.
W — Gengler (2-0).
Highlights: J, Ben Walz 1-3, Danny Fischer 1-4, GW RBI, Shaun Hogan 1-1, 2B, Brady Anderson 1-3, 2B, Jake Stilwell 1-3, R, Gengler 1-3, 7 IP, R, 7 H, 0 walks, HB, 3 K.
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